Hollywood (and Beyond) Harassment Roundup: February 23

Weinstein, Berk, Schumacher, BAFTAs, Quick Hits

We managed to go several days without a roundup. Maybe showbiz sexual harassers have been cured?

Harvey Weinstein

Hollywood power player Harvey Weinstein has cited actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep in legal documents as examples that not all women have issues with him. So, just most women, then?

Philip Berk

Actor Brendan Fraser (pictured above) has accused Philip Berk, former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, of touching him inappropriately in 2003. He told GQ "I felt ill. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.” Berk says the account is "a total fabrication." 

Thomas Schumacher

The Disney executive has been accused of "decades" of sexual misconduct against men. 


The BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) held its awards show recently and, like American awards shows, wanted to establish its social justice street cred. Female protesters took to the red carpet wearing "Time's Up" t-shirts. Women were asked to wear black in solidarity, but royals aren't allowed to get political, so the Duchess of Cambridge wore dark green with a black ribbon. 

Quick Hits

The University of California- San Diego has a class based on the films of Woody Allen, but a petition asking them to remove the class based on allegations against the filmmaker has gathered more than 20,000 signatures. The school says that it will not nix the class. 

Newsweek published - and then retracted - a story saying that a "social media psy-op" took down Al Franken. 

Rhode Island State Senator Nick Kettle has been arrested and charged with video voyeurism. Gross

Was a California state assemblywoman asking her employees to play Spin the Bottle? One employee alleges that she was